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Dr. Mike: Medicine Measuring Mistakes

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Improperly measuring medicine for your children can be extremely dangerous.

A recent study found that some parents who grab a kitchen spoon to measure medicine are putting their sick child at risk.

Dr. Mike told Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick the study found "there is a wide variability with the sizes of certain spoons." He said a teaspoon is equivalent to five-millilitres. "There are all kinds of sizes of spoons, so if you're not really careful you might pick one that either gives too much or too little to a child which in a little child could be devastating." Dr. Mike recommends buying a dropper or a special measuring cup to insure you measure the exact amount. "You can get them very cheaply at any drug store."

Another new study found a drink could impact your body's blood clotting abilities. Dr. Mike pointed out there are many other studies that indicate drinking alcohol in moderation can be good for you. Dr. Mike said he's not ready to give up his happy hour cocktail.

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